Restore the Delta

Local, State, and Federal Governments Failing to Protect Delta Residents from HABs

For Immediate Release: July 28, 2021Contact: Mariah Looney, (209) 851-0270, [email protected] STOCKTON, CA – As reported by California State Water Resources Control Board staff, as of 7/27/21, there are more than two dozen outbreaks of harmful algal blooms (HABs) presently in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.   Most of these reported levels of cyanobacteria range between “cautionary” to “dangerous.” The majority of the outbreaks are occurring in San Joaquin and Contra Costa Counties, with two outbreaks identified in the Sacramento County portion of the Delta. (To track HABs in California use the bookmark here.) Restore the Delta’s Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla said: “We commend State Water Resources Control Board staff for their extensive work and assistance in tracking the multiple HABs outbreaks in the Delta. Our disappointment lies with the Newsom Administration’s [...]

ACTION ALERT: Federal Water Infrastructure Bill

Please contact Senator Padilla’s Office today regarding Senator Manchin’s draft water section in the infrastructure bill. While there are necessary items in the infrastructure bill, Senator Dianne Feinstein (who does not serve on the Energy and Water Committee) drafted this water section for Senator Manchin and loaded it up with big dam projects that will not help solve our drought challenges in California.Please let Senator Padilla know that infrastructure that promotes water reuse, recycling, clean up, conservation, floodplain capture and flood control, groundwater banking, and technology are cost-effective ways to put more water in the system with California’s extended droughts — not empty dams that release methane into the air — and that will be dry most of the time. Attached is [...]

Governor asks Californians to voluntarily cut water use, Restore the Delta reax

For Immediate Release: 7/8/21Contact:Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected], CA – Today, Governor Newsom asked Californians to voluntarily cut how much water they use by 15%.Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta response:“Governor Newsom’s response to the drought is too little too late. Restore the Delta and our coalition partners began warning state agencies and the Newsom Administration at the end of 2020 to plan for these drought conditions.  “Senior management at DWR and the California Natural Resources Agency have given the Governor bad advice. They let too much of the water out of the system for industrial agriculture users — who only contribute 2 to 3% of the state’s GDP. Our water resources and public trust resources like salmon fisheries have been squandered for almonds and other [...]

DROUGHT: Coalition Opposes Temporary Urgency Changes for CVP and SWP

For Immediate Release: 6/29/21Contact:Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta 510-847-7556, [email protected] STOCKTON, CA – A coalition of Delta-based groups has sent a formal Petition for Reconsideration to the State Water Board opposing the Board’s June 1 order to relax water quality standards for Delta operations of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project. The Temporary Urgency Change Order (TUCO) was issued by the Water Board on June 1, 2021. “The State Water Board issued its order before receiving all public input, including from our coalition,” said  Tim Stroshane, policy analyst with Restore the Delta. (RTD was joined in the reconsideration request by Little Manila Rising and Save California Salmon. “We insist they reconsider their order to take account of deliveries they made to northern California [...]

HEALTH ALERT: Avoid Harmful Algal Blooms in Delta waters!

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) are a threat to health and public safety in the Delta.  Our Delta Counties are not doing a good job of notifying people to be cautious near waterways in Downtown Stockton, Smith Canal, near Windmill Cove, Discovery Bay and Big Break in Antioch.  Here are some photo examples of the 2021 toxic algae season. These waters are not safe to ingest, not safe to touch, not good to breathe in, boat through, or for your dogs to jump in. For bacteria levels etc. visit https://mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/. Please note, we think our photo documentation is more recent than the last testing round. The state will be testing again next week. And yes, they are doing a great job working with us [...]

ACTION ALERT: The Newsom Delta Tunnel Process Begins

The long process of official DWR-sponsored meetings around the Environmental Impact Report for the Delta tunnel begins this summer. We recommend that all our followers register for the webinars sponsored by DWR and the Design Construction Authority to listen and respond with smart, factual, yet passionate critique as necessary. Head and heart make for the best responses. We will be reading documents and providing analysis in great detail on the first topics rolling out the door because we are already picking up on flaws in messaging.  However, the details are always what matter — and we will be combing through the details as we have always done to share with all of you. Our work on the Delta tunnel isn’t over.  Let’s [...]

Call to Action: Your help is more important now than ever before.

Dear friends,Our Living Delta is a summer campaign to help Restore the Delta fully recover from Covid business conditions so that we can continue with the immediate and necessary work of protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary during extreme drought conditions. We hope that you can support this campaign with a contribution, and if you have already made a contribution to our campaign, we sincerely thank you.Last year, Restore the Delta made it through difficult business operations, including the cancellation of our major fundraising event, because of supporters like you. Unlike other organizations and businesses, we tightened our belts, and kept the metaphorical lights on from multiple locations without taking any loans or going into debt. Instead, our staff took pay [...]

ICYMI 6/10/21: MWD’s New Leader, Drought, Solutions

After a bitter fight, Southern California’s water kingpin has a new leader – Los Angeles Times 6/9/21The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has hired Adel Hagekhalil as its next general manager, following a bitter power struggle over the future of an agency that delivers hundreds of billions of gallons each year from the Colorado River and Northern California to a region that otherwise wouldn’t have nearly enough water to support 19 million people. …A coalition including L.A. Waterkeeper, Restore the Delta and the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter called him “the right choice during this time to heal the organization and prepare our region in the face of persistent drought and changing climate.”A Hotter Climate Is Shrinking The Water Supply In The Western [...]

Relax and watch Our Living Delta with your favorite Sunday beverage!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFpDppmLHnE&t=4s Couldn’t watch Our Living Delta live on Friday?No worries – You can watch our summer campaign kick-off above and donate here!Auction items are still available to bid on until Tuesday 6/8 at 12pm. Check them out here. Dear friends, Our Living Delta is a summer campaign to help Restore the Delta fully recover from Covid business conditions so that we can continue with the immediate and necessary work of protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary during extreme drought conditions. We hope that you can support this campaign with a contribution, and if you have already made a contribution to our campaign, we sincerely thank you. Last year, Restore the Delta made it through difficult business operations, including the cancellation of our major fundraising event, [...]

DROUGHT: Bay-Delta Water Quality Waivers Protested Groups explain legal case for ‘injury’ in protest to water officials

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2021Contact:Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556Tom Stokely, Save California Salmon, 530-524-0315Matt Holmes, Little Manila, 415-254-3546 Sacramento – Today, a coalition of environmental, fishing, and social justice organizations sent to state and federal water officials a formal protest against the proposed “Temporary Urgency Change Petition” (TUCP) submitted by the California Department of Water Resources and United States Bureau of Reclamation.The formal letter of protest sent to agencies today, explains that: The State Water Board has statutory water rights and constitutional authority over what becomes of Petitioners’ supplies that remain. In the service of reasonable protection of public trust resources, sacred and native fish species, and Delta communities from water-borne and aerosol toxins from harmful algal blooms, [...]